Providencia Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Providencia Island

July 13, 2017 Major Galusha

Providencia Island’s nickname: The Sea of Seven Colors. A visit to McBean Lagoon National Natural Park is really all you need for the quintessential island experience. It’s an otherworldly place where mangroves sway over waters that sparkle every shade of blue. Local fishermen will happily take you on an island tour or even to wrangle the day’s catch. Lounge on peaceful white sand beaches or take a romantic stroll across the wooden “Lovers Bridge” that leads to neighboring Santa Catalina island.
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1. Caribbean Place Donde Martin

Sector Agua Dulce | Freshwater Bay, Providencia Island, Colombia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Seafood, South American, Colombian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 5783112877238
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Caribbean Place Donde Martin

Reviewed By Noah D

Unfortunately, this place was an unbelievable letdown.
At this point, we have tried just about every restaurant on the island. I'd rate all of them somewhere between "alright" and "fantastic". This place, in terms of food at least, was awful.
For starters, even for Providencia, the prices are absurd. 65,000 for 6 tiny shrimp? It's more expensive than Western capitols. I'd have found this acceptable if the food was decent. The portions are for an infant.
We ordered the crab soup - it was fine, although the sesame was overkill. Nothing to write home about and not as good as the three or so bowls we tried on San Andres.
Then we shared the grilled "crawfish" (shrimp). Unbelievably bad - rubbery, tasted freshly dethawed. The salad was absolutely inedible - the dressing, apparently, was water.
The rice is just bad - watery, puffy, no notes of coconut at all. We specifically asked for fries and got plantain instead, so that was the icing on the cake of frustration.
I don't know if we came for an off night or what, bit you couldn't pay me to go back. For the last night in Providencia we wanted to go out, bit this has left a bad taste in my mouth both figuratively and literally. Really wishing we'd gone to honestly anywhere else.

2. Divino Nino Jesus

Providencia Island, Colombia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Seafood, Colombian Lunch
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 724 reviews

Divino Nino Jesus

Reviewed By Rich C

Hungry? Good, you're looking at the right place. The Plato mixto is huge & probably the best value on the island. You'll get half a lobster & 2 whole fried fish, squid, octopus and rice. Plus yummy super hot sauce to add if you're a chilli fiend like me. Octopus was pretty average but the lobster and fish were delicious! Get it.

3. Old Providence Taste

Pueblo Viejo | Sector La Playa, Providencia Island, Colombia Caribbean, Seafood Lunch +57 311 2646789
Excellent
46%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Old Providence Taste

Reviewed By Mike H - Panama City, Panama

Old Providence Taste is the restaurant run by the Fishing Co-operative based in Santa Isabel, Providencia. It shares its building with the fish market so you can buy as well as eat!
There is generally a "Fish of the day" or Shrimp - either of which can be grilled or fried or cooked with garlic or coconut. It is served with rice and a nice salad. Each main meal comes with a fish soup to start the tastebuds tickling. With two beers each, our two meals were equivalent to US$23. We also bought two kingfish steaks to take-away and they were US$3.00 per pound [2 big steaks for US$4.50]
The staff are very friendly and the restaurant, restrooms etc are scrupulously clean.

4. Restaurant Eneida

Main street Santa Catalina, Providencia Island, Colombia Seafood Lunch +57 315 6613902
Excellent
15%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Restaurant Eneida

Reviewed By islatur1 - Valencia

If you are freaky about flyes being around your food, go somewhere else. this restaurant is in front of a big mangrove patch, so flies are unavoidable. The food was cheap and good and they generally have 2 options on the menu.

5. Cafe Studio

Soroeste, Providencia Island, Colombia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Seafood, Colombian Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
52%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 280 reviews

Cafe Studio

Reviewed By Justine P

Great Capucciono pie, amazing! And Chocolate cake, and coffee. Nothing more to say than run there after a good swim is just perfect if you're craving good sweet on that island. They also serve savory things but didn't get to try them.

6. Deep Blue Restaurant

Hotel Deep Blue | Bahia Maracaibo, Providencia Island, Colombia Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Caribbean, Seafood Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 - HK$196 +57 315 3248443
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Deep Blue Restaurant

Al fresco seaside dining overlooking the beautiful National Park. Creative menu infuses local, Colombian and international dishes.

Reviewed By alanroytbak - Fair Lawn, New Jersey

We came here for dinner without reservation, around 8pm. The place has about 20 tables and only 5-6 were occupied, the hostess told us that they are fully booked and they need to reserve tables inside Incase it rains, that they will have to move people from inside to outside. Even though there was not a single cloud in the sky. We told them we can sit by the bar which was empty. So then the lady said the kitchen was full and busy...... again with only about 10 people dining here.. and then she said they have to wait to see if anyone would come in from the hotel without reservation as they have priority... Given the fact we just paid for the taxi ride and there is nothing else on this side of the island we insisted we would wait for cancellation and have a drink by the bar. She finally agreed, we ordered a good bottle of wine, and all of a sudden they found a table for us.
Our waiter was super nice, the food here is very good, delicious lobster and lobster ceviche... it also has amazing views. I can’t give this place a good rating, based on what happened in the beginning. The island solely survives on the few tourists that they get. So they need to learn to accommodate their customers better.
I guess it’s better to call and make Reservations

7. Arturo Newbell

Playa del Sur Oeste, Providencia Island, Colombia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Caribbean, Seafood Lunch
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Arturo Newbell

Reviewed By chitownsam - Chicago, Illinois

Right on Southwest Beach. Extremely casual. BTW, Southwest Beach right now has a very large algae bloom so if you're near the water you can smell the decaying vegetation. We had a very nice lunch. Both came with a tasty fish soup. Mrs had lightly fried whole snapper and I had the mixed seafood grill which consisted of smaller lightly fried fish, shrimp, lobster and crab. (I didn't get the snails). Comes with patacon. Of my four items, I liked the fish the best. We also ate at Miss Mary's which is up the beach towards Sirius Hotel and Dive Shop. Got fresh fish there as well. We much preferred Arturo's to Miss Mary's.

8. Pescaderia Nicanor

Southwest Beach, Providencia Island, Colombia Seafood Lunch
Excellent
38%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Pescaderia Nicanor

Reviewed By ME7162 - Kearny, New Jersey

While staying at Miss Mary Hotel in Providencia I asked a local to recommend a good seafood restaurant. She immediately said "Pescaderia Nicanor". So my girlfriend and I decided to visit it that night. This establishment is a seafood market during the day, providing fresh seafood to the local restaurants and residents. But from 4-10pm is when Shana (the master cook) starts working her magic. We started with shrimp ceviche with patacones (fried green plantains) and new right away we had made a good choice. Our entrees were lobster au gratin and mine was lobster and crab meat in a creole sauce. My words can't do proper justice to this delicious meal. The meal is accompany by patacones and salad. The place is not fancy. But Maria del Carmen's (Nicanor's daughter) friendly service makes you feel as if you were at home. While in Providencia make sure you make a stop at Pescaderia Nicanor. We did twice and wished we had more time.

9. Sun Set View

Playa Aguadulce, Providencia Island 88001, Colombia Caribbean, Seafood +57 8 5148160
Excellent
67%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Sun Set View

Reviewed By Maurizio V - Florence, Italy

For sure the best place to watch sunset, it is the pearl of the hotel “cabanas agua dulce”. Order your drink and just relax watching the sky change its color, stay a bit longer and probably would see some fish moving in the water. Because of a minor problem in the hotel we had been invited to have dinner there. Great food.

10. Restaurante MIss Elma

Bahia Agua Dulce. Sobre la Playa, Providencia Island, Colombia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +57 310 5663773
Excellent
29%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 196 reviews

Restaurante MIss Elma

Reviewed By Poleinahole - Chicago, Illinois

Miss Elma and her husband started the tourism industry in Providencia in the 1960s. Their lodge as now grown and become one of the largest on the island. Affiliated with the Decameron Group, they offer package tours and this and their longevity means they are popular and busy.
I had lunch here and although it was low season the restaurant was almost half full from hotel customers, and day trippers to South West beach.
Sadly the place is no longer owner run and operated, so it is not as friendly as other island establishments. Service is also very slow. It took two hours to get a plate of grilled shrimp, a fresh juice and the bill. They preferred clearing tables rather than giving me the bill despite asking twice.
The positives are that they have a more extensive menu than other establishments and serve desserts (brownie with ice cream). Their fresh juices are superb and they are one of few places on the island that accept credit cards. But this means their prices are a bit higher than other island restaurants. My grilled shrimp were good.
When I asked for a motor taxi, they called a regular taxi instead who charged me nearly what it cost to get to the airport for the short drive to South West Bay!

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